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Least tern family. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Ursula Dubrick

Least Terns: Life on the Edge

10/12/2015 // By David Muth

Least terns live life on the edge. Only nine inches long and packing just 1.5 ounces of muscle and feather, they are aptly named. Despite their size, they are prodigious migrants—heading south in August and September to the coast of …

Hurricane Katrina

What We’ve Learned Since Katrina

8/28/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

This week, as we neared the ‪#‎Katrina10 anniversary, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must pay the full $3 billion cost of restoring wetlands destroyed by the agency’s improper construction and maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO). …

Another variety of milkweed. Photo: Brooke Randolph

Helping Pollinators One Garden at a Time

6/29/2015 // By Brooke Randolph

As a passionate gardener, I believe all gardens, open fields, and community habitats can be made sustainable using native plants to help wildlife. Wildlife rely on native plants for food, cover, and as places to raise their young. Because of the declining …

Female alligator in Louisiana

Get Outdoors Louisiana-Style

6/24/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

New Orleans is a popular travel destination, but if you stick to the city, then you miss a big part of what makes Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta so amazing: the marshes and the swamps surrounding the city. Sadly, those rich and beautiful …

East Grand Terre Tar Ball

No Joke – Oil Still Contaminating Louisiana Coast

4/1/2015 // By Emily Guidry Schatzel

Yesterday, NWF and our coalition partners traveled out to Louisiana’s Barataria Bay to search for continued impacts from 2010’s Gulf oil disaster. We didn’t have to look very hard. Our first stop was East Grand Terre, a small barrier island where …

A dolphin swimming in oiled waters, 2010, in Barataria Bay, La. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries/Mandy Tumlin.

BP Vs. Science

3/30/2015 // By Lacey McCormick

Nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, scientists are finally starting to get their arms around the impacts of the oil and dispersants on the Gulf of Mexico. BP is not happy with much of the research that …

Dolphins. Photo credit: NWF

Five Years After the Oil Spill, Dead Dolphins and 25,000-Pound Tar Mat Found

3/18/2015 // By Emily Guidry Schatzel

One day after BP released a report saying the Gulf is on the road to recovery, we took a trip to one of the most impacted areas from the BP oil spill—Barataria Bay, Louisiana. From a dead baby dolphin to …

Science Links Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill – Again

2/13/2015 // By Lacey McCormick

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, dolphins in the oiled area are still dying in high numbers. The evidence was already quite strong that BP’s oil was to blame for these ongoing deaths. A 2013 study found that …


Flora of Wax Lake: Louisiana’s Best-Kept Secret to Coastal Restoration

12/2/2014 // By Maggie Yancey

Read the original post at Delta Dispatch. The Wax Lake Delta, a lush secluded enclave of natural beauty located in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin, is a hunter’s paradise among many wonders most people wouldn’t expect. The delta is known for …

spoil banks in inundated wetlands

A Bird’s Eye View of Coastal Erosion

11/14/2014 // By Kelly Wagner

Each day I pass an egret on the way to work that lingers in the watery ditches in my town. It amuses me that this elegant bird seems to give little concern to the cars that are passing within ten …